Kazakhstan’s Growing Role in the Global Energy Transition May Come at a Cost to Local Communities

Land of Copper

Kazakhstan is positioning itself as a key player in the global green energy transition, thanks to its abundance of minerals. Yet for residents of the town of Zhezkazgan, shaped by copper mining for over a century, that might not mean improvements in well-being or the local environment.

Kazakhstan’s Bloody January

Kazakhstan’s Bloody January

In times of upheaval, art can serve the dual function of documenting events and shaping social values. With its authoritarian targeting of communications networks, Kazakhstan’s government tried to block both processes. It failed.